Reimagine Medicine

ReMed is an innovative summer fellowship for rising juniors and seniors preparing for health professions. The summer intensive runs from May 20 to June 14 and continues in the fall with a half-credit course.

2019 ReMed Summer Fellows

beau blass Cassia Caruth Seva castleberry Dahlia Chacon Justin Dhindsa Jasmine Leahy Angus Li Leila Milanfar Daniel Ntim
Uma Rao Bryce saba Luke Sang Christina Shin Ayesha Syed Dominic Tanzillo Songia Wynn Alan Zhao Lucy Zheng


ReMed seeks to foster the character, imagination, and practices needed to work effectively in contexts of human suffering. Leaders in many disciplines — history, ethics, visual and performing arts, spirituality, expressive writing, and more—help students explore themes often absent in traditional medical education.

During the summer intensive, students live, eat, learn, and play together on campus. The fellowship includes housing and a $1500 stipend for living expenses. With a full schedule of classes, hospital shadowing, and enrichment activities, participants are not permitted to accept other summer research or fellowship opportunities concurrently. Fellows also take a half-credit course in the fall, where themes and questions from the summer are explored further.


Lynn Mckinley Grant leads a Seeing through Art session with Duke undergraduate students as part of the ReMed course.

Classes Include

  • History of medicine in the US, to provide context and vision for improving the current system
  • Mindfulness theory and daily practice to improve awareness and manage stress
  • Music as a way to connect and communicate without verbal language
  • Expressive writing, from stream-of-consciousness to poetry, trauma to peace-making
  • Puppetry to explore what it means to inhabit and treat a human body
  • Storytelling as the revelation of our shared experience and humanity
  • Drawing (from doodling to cartoons to portraits) to encourage close observation and visual perception
  • Improvisation to develop conversational skills and responsiveness
  • Ethics to clarify fellows’ values, calling, and sense of purpose


Joel Burt Miller leads a Music and Healing session with Duke undergraduate students as part of the ReiMed course. ReMed Puppet Class

Hospital Shadowing

Fellows shadow caregivers (other than doctors) throughout the hospital—from the intensive care nursery to hospice to housekeeping—to get a broad perspective on our complex healthcare system. After each shadowing shift, fellows gather to share their experiences over a meal.


Reimagine Medicine hospital shadowing

Selection Criteria

Students preparing for health professions (primarily pre-med) are encouraged to apply in the spring of their sophomore or junior year at Duke. Successful applicants will demonstrate:

  • Academic excellence
  • Commitment to the integration of non-science disciplines into the study and practice of medicine
  • Desire and commitment to constructive collaboration
  • Emotional intelligence and resilience
  • Openness to learning from others, considering multiple perspectives, and taking risks in order to learn and grow


Reimagine Medicine mindfulness

Contact Information

Gair McCullough
Program Coordinator